Smugteateret was among the first experimental theatre companies in Norway, based in Bergen.
Dukkenikkerne was established in Bodø in 1985 and in 1993 the leading force Jack Markussen moved the company to Bergen. The puppetry company Dukkenikkerne has produced more than 30 productions throughout the years and since the start in Bergen the company has had its own workshop in the city centre.
Perleporten Teatergruppe was a collectively led company founded by Birgit Christensen, Karl Hoff and Catrine Telle in Oslo March 1975.
From 1969 to 1972 the three were pupils at the upper secondary school Hartvig Nissen Skole in Oslo, graduating from the drama department, with Maja Lise Rønneberg Rygg as their teacher in drama, Norwegian and theatre history. After finishing upper secondary school they all got some more education and work experience within theatre in Norway and abroad, prior to reuniting in Oslo in March 1975. This was a dream they had carried since they finished Nissen in 1972.
Perleporten was known for its leftist, radical political theatre. The company produced eight theatre productions during the nine years of existence (1975-1983). The first production was Faren satt på første benk og moren satt på annen og Knoll og Tott på galleri og lo som bare faen* (The father sat in the first row, the mother in the second, and the Katzenjammer Kids sat on the balcony and laughed like f**k from 1975, the last was The last cry from 1983.
The company name would mean Pearly Gates Theatre Company in direct translation.
*Not yet translated into English. The title within parentheses is the Norwegian title's literal meaning.